Celebrating Diversity – Meet the Bay Area 1L Diversity Scholars
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On April 8, 2015, PracticePro introduced its Bay Area 1L Diversity Scholars at its Second Annual San Francisco Diversity Reception and Scholarship Fundraiser.
The Diversity Scholarship Program is an all-inclusive training and coaching program, designed to train practice-ready diverse attorneys. The first-year law students who are accepted into the Program attend a number of training conferences and seminars to learn both substantive and soft skills required of attorneys in their early years of practice. The Program also provides scholarship recipients with career coaching to demystify the different transitions in their professional careers, and help them navigate interviews, law school, networking, and long-term career planning.
Our seven Bay Area Diversity Scholars represent four law schools–Stanford Law School, U.C. Berkeley School of Law, U.C. Hastings College of the Law, and the University of San Francisco School of Law. All are the first in their family to attend law school. Some are even the first in their family to graduate college or high school. Most are fluent or conversant in multiple languages. They are excelling academically, taking leadership roles in student and community organizations, and are passionate about giving back.
Nare G. Aleksanyan is currently a 1L at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. At Berkeley Law, she is a Student Advocate with the California Asylum Representation Clinic and will be the External Mentorship Committee Chair for First Generation Professionals in the upcoming school year. Nare was also an undergraduate at U.C. Berkeley and graduated, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in History of Art (minor in Russian Language) in 2012. Upon graduating, she became a licensed securities agent and worked in the industry as a Financial Executive. She transitioned into property management and worked in an administrative capacity with numerous HOAs in Southern California before returning to Berkeley for law school in 2014. Nare moved to the United States from Armenia with her family in 2004 and is a first-generation professional. She is fluent in Armenian and Russian. Through the PracticePro Diversity Scholarship Program, Nare hopes to build her professional network and start her legal career on an equal footing with her non-immigrant peers.
Diana Cao, a 1L at U.C. Hastings College of the Law, is a first-generation Asian-American woman who has always dreamed of becoming an attorney. In the upcoming school year, Diana will be competing with the U.C. Hastings Moot Court Team. She graduated from U.C. Davis in 2012 with a double major in Political Science and Communication. She was also the president of Phi Alpha Delta, the Pre-Law Society. To further her legal career before starting law school, Diana worked as a Litigation Assistant and then as a Legal Secretary. Diana is conversant in Cantonese Chinese. A first-generation professional, she strives to use her PracticePro diversity scholarship to learn about law firm culture, career opportunities, and developing her skills to produce better work product.
Isaiah Deporto is currently a 1L at Stanford Law School. Isaiah is heavily involved on the Stanford campus, including in the Stanford Latino Law Students Association, Stanford Black Law Students Association, and Stanford Native American Law Students Association. He graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations in 2013. Prior to law school, Isaiah gained legal work experience including working as a SEO Career Intern at O’Melveny & Myers LLP. He was also a martial arts instructor for nine years. As a first-generation law student who grew up in a single parent household, Isaiah is excited to be part of the PracticePro Diversity Scholarship Program and learn essential skills to help him succeed as an attorney.
Janice Dow is a 1L at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. In her first year of law school, Janice was an Associate Editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and participated in the Bales Mock Trial Competition. In the upcoming school year, she looks forward to serving on the board of the First Generation Professionals Group and working as a Legal Research and Writing teaching assistant for incoming 1Ls. Janice graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 with a double major in English and Communication, magna cum laude. Before law school, she worked as a Market Research Associate at Lieberman Research Worldwide, and as a Corporate Paralegal at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. She is conversant in both Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese. As a first-generation law student, Janice aspires to receive career consulting through the PracticePro Diversity Scholarship Program, and in return contribute by providing mentorship to other law students.
Christopher Garcia is a 1L at U.C. Hastings College of the Law. Chris is heavily involved in a number of law student organizations, including the U.C. Hastings La Raza Law Students Association, U.C. Hastings Black Law Students Association, and U.C. Hastings Co-Ed Indoor Soccer. Not only is Chris the first in his family to attend graduate school, but he was also the first in his family to graduate from high school. He attended college at California State University, Fresno, graduating in 2014 with a double major in Political Science and Criminology, cum laude. Chris is fluent in Spanish and engages in various community service activities like mentoring high school students to pursue higher education. By participating in the PracticePro Diversity Scholarship Program, he seeks to gain valuable knowledge to navigate his legal career, become a successful minority lawyer, and improve his community and the society at large socioeconomically.
Victor Ng, currently a 1L at the University of San Francisco School of Law, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy of Industrial Societies. In the upcoming school year, Victor will be an Articles Editor for the USF Intellectual Property Law Bulletin, the Treasurer for Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, and the Vice President for Pride Law Association. He is also a Merit Scholar and a Public Interest Law Foundation grant recipient, and serves on the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area Community Service Committee. Victor is a gay first-generation Asian American immigrant who grew up in a single parent, low-income household and was the first in his family to pursue higher education. He is fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese. Through the PracticePro Diversity Scholarship Program, Victor hopes to develop his skills and continue to encourage diverse or underprivileged high school seniors and college students to consider law as a profession.
Winnie Wong is a 1L at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Winnie has received the Boalt Hall Fellowship and is also a California Bar Foundation Diversity Scholar. She is involved as an Associate Editor in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and an Associate Editor in the Asian American Law Journal. Winnie graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Environmental Analysis in May 2011. Prior to law school, she worked as an Environmental Project Coordinator for EMAX Laboratories, and Docketing Assistant for Sheldon Mak & Anderson P.C. As a college student, Winnie was also heavily involved in working with inner-city youth on issues including access to higher education and grassroots organizing. As a first-generation college student, she hopes to use her PracticePro Diversity Scholarship to develop skills to build a strong foundation for her career and find ways to give back to her community.
The PracticePro team and the Bay Area Diversity Scholars thank our scholarship partners and sponsors.
To learn more about the Program or to join us a sponsor, email firstname.lastname@example.org.